The Jamaica Diaspora Immigration and Deportation Prevention Taskforce (JDIDTPF) will be officially launched in the Bronx, New York, on Friday February 24.
According to the conceptualiser of the JDIDTPF, Joan Pinnock, who is also the North-East Diaspora Advisory Board member, the task-force comprising twenty-one individuals who are clergy, technology experts, immigration and criminal attorneys and social workers, was convened four months ago with its main focus to educate Jamaicans in the Diaspora about their immigration rights and the benefits of becoming citizens of their host country.
She said the mission of the JDIDTPF is to assist Jamaicans in the Diaspora to navigate immigration laws to their benefit, to increase the number of naturalized Jamaicans in the Diaspora, reduce the number of Jamaicans deported from their host country and assist in returning Jamaicans who have been wrongly deported.
Pinnock pointed out that there are over 3 million Jamaicans living in the Diaspora – USA, Canada and the UK.
Many of the undocumented people living in the US are eligible to apply for US citizenship yet have not done so.
She further pointed out that Jamaican are the largest number of deportees from the United States every year, with over 20,000 people deported in the last ten years.
Pinnock stated that high on the agenda for discussion at the launch is the recent immigration executive order signed by President Donald Trump.
Official launch will take place at the Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene at 6 pm on February 24.